The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, on Monday, stepped aside from his position after serving as Chairman of the Electoral body for five years.
The Professor of political history and International Studies who has been the Chairman of the Electoral body since October 21, 2015, handed over to Air Vice Marshal Muazu Ahmed (rtd), who is one of the commissioners in the commission.
Ahmed would serve as interim chairman pending the Senate’s confirmation of Yakubu’s reappointment for another five-year term by President Muhammadu Buhari.
In his speech during the handing over ceremony held at the INEC headquarters in Abuja, Yakubu said it would be “inappropriate” for him to remain in office after the expiration of his tenure, even though President Buhari had nominated him for a second term.
“As you are already aware, the renewal of my tenure as Chairman of the Commission has been announced, subject to confirmation by the Senate. Our work as election managers requires us to enforce the law, regulations, and guidelines. In doing so, we must demonstrate strict respect for, and compliance with, the Constitution of Nigeria and subsidiary laws.
“Consequently, it will be inappropriate for me to remain in office beyond today, 9th November 2020, without confirmation by the Senate and swearing to another oath of office as provided by law,” said the former INEC chairman.
“Pending the conclusion of the statutory process, the remaining National Commissioners have resolved that AVM Ahmed Mu’azu (rtd) will oversee the affairs of the Commission. It is therefore my pleasure to hand over to him in the interim. We have worked as a team for the last four years. Therefore, there is nothing new to any one of them.
“I wish to express my appreciation for the support of the Commission members, the Resident Electoral Commissioners, the Secretary to the Commission, the Director-General of the Electoral Institute, Directors, members of the technical team, heads of the various security agencies deployed to INEC and all staff of the Commission nationwide. I look forward to working with you again,”...Yakubu Mahmood added.
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